|Publication number||US5570785 A|
|Application number||US 08/401,786|
|Publication date||Nov 5, 1996|
|Filing date||Mar 10, 1995|
|Priority date||Mar 10, 1995|
|Publication number||08401786, 401786, US 5570785 A, US 5570785A, US-A-5570785, US5570785 A, US5570785A|
|Inventors||Bryan K. Honkawa|
|Original Assignee||Roll International, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (13), Referenced by (4), Classifications (8), Legal Events (8)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
This invention relates to a combined floral display and keepsake container, and more particularly, to such a combination in which the bottom part of the keepsake container is positioned below the floral arrangement and the top of the keepsake container is positioned on the side of the arrangement as a decoration. The keepsake container maintains its decorative and useful functions after the floral arrangement has been discarded.
2. Description of Prior Art
Floral and other decorative arrangements are common gifts for a variety of occasions. It is popular among florists to sell floral arrangements along with keepsakes or decorative objects, such as decorative crystal or glass containers, that continue to have usefulness and meaning to the recipient of the gift after the floral arrangement is no longer fresh and has been discarded.
In the prior art, there are four general types of devices available for such purposes.
(1) Florists have tied keepsakes to the sides of floral arrangements. Although these devices are simple, they are difficult to transport, store and deliver. In addition, it is often difficult to simply attach a keepsake to a floral arrangement without an attachment mechanism designed specifically for such a purpose.
(2) Keepsakes and floral arrangements have been combined where the keepsakes are positioned in a floral foam block along with the flowers. These arrangements are easier to transport than devices that tie the keepsakes to the sides of the arrangements. Placing the keepsake into the foam, however, limits both the flexibility of the keepsake and the floral bouquet. The bottom of the keepsake must be made so that it can be inserted into the foam. The keepsake must also be relatively tall to extend above the bouquet. Conversely, the floral arrangements must be relatively small so that the keepsake can be seen above the flowers.
(3) Keepsakes and floral arrangements have been combined such that the floral arrangements are actually incorporated as part of the keepsakes. In these instances, the keepsakes are not independent from the floral arrangements but rather are integrated into the floral arrangements. If real flowers are used in these floral displays, the displays must be designed so that after the floral arrangements are discarded, the display still has aesthetic appeal. This requires a complicated and more expensive design than if the floral display can simply be discarded along with the flowers. Other designs of this type are specifically for artificial flowers. Typical of this design is U.S. Pat. No. 3,574,498, which describes a combined multi-purpose candle holder and flower arranger. This design, for artificial flowers, has no means for keeping the flowers fresh. In addition, as artificial flowers remain "fresh," the design does not deal with discarding the floral arrangement and hence is not intended or suitable for use independent of the floral arrangement.
(4) Keepsake and floral arrangements have also been combined where the keepsake is a container that holds the floral arrangement when the floral arrangement is fresh and holds other objects when the floral arrangement is discarded. U.S. Pat. No. 4,601,403 discloses a container with an invertible lid. In one orientation, a recess in the lid faces upward and a floral arrangement can be inserted into the cavity in the lid. In an inverted orientation, a closed end of the lid faces upward, such that the lid decoratively covers the container. This arrangement, however, is limited in the design of the keepsake container. In addition, it does not provide for a decorative part of the keepsake container to be independently displayed along with the floral arrangement.
The combined flower display and keepsakes in the prior art tend to be either simple but limited in scope, difficult to pack, store and transport, limited in their design, or complicated and for artificial floral arrangements. It should therefore be appreciated that there is a need for a floral configuration that:
(a) displays real flowers along with a keepsake container that, after the floral arrangement is discarded, remains useful and decorative;
(b) is flexible, allowing for a variety of sized bouquets and keepsake containers; and
(c) is easy to store, transport and deliver to the recipient; and
(d) allows for the decorative top of the keepsake container to be displayed along with the floral arrangement.
A principal object of the present invention is to provide an improved combined floral display and keepsake container of simple and practical construction that is economical to manufacture and easy to assemble, disassemble, store, package and transport.
This invention accordingly provides a simple means for displaying flowers in a floral arrangement. Flowers can be positioned in a foam block located in the cavity portion of a floral container. The top portion of the keepsake is secured to the outer wall of the floral container, either directly or indirectly using a bracket. If the keepsake top is secured using a bracket, the bracket can be positioned along the side of the floral container and the top portion of the keepsake container can be secured onto the bracket. The bracket can be independent from the wall of the floral container or be part of the wall itself. The lower portion of the keepsake container is positioned below the floral container, and used as the base of the floral arrangement. When the floral arrangement is discarded, the top of the keepsake container may be detached from the side of the floral container, the bottom of the keepsake container may be detached from the bottom of the floral container, and the keepsake container may be used independently, since it maintains its utility and aesthetic appeal after the floral arrangement is discarded.
FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a combined floral display and keepsake container in accordance with one preferred embodiment of the invention.
FIG. 2 is an exploded perspective view of the keepsake container.
FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the floral container and floral foam block.
FIG. 4 is a side view of the combined floral display and keepsake container with the floral arrangement in place.
FIG. 5 is a detailed view of the bracket, keepsake top portion and attachment mechanism where the attachment mechanism is a series of clips.
FIG. 6 is an exploded perspective view of a modified version of the invention where the shape of the keepsake container is interlocking hearts.
FIG. 7 is an exploded perspective view of the heart-shaped keepsake container showing a strap and slots as the attachment mechanism between the floral container and the keepsake bottom portion.
A typical embodiment of the invention is illustrated in FIG. 1. The combined floral display and keepsake container includes a floral container 1, keepsake bottom 2, and keepsake top 3.
As illustrated in FIG. 3, the floral container has a bottom 4. A floral container wall 7 is joined with the floral container bottom 4 to create a cavity 11 above the floral container bottom 4. The floral container bottom 4 and floral container 7 wall can be made of disposable plastic.
As shown in FIG. 1, a floral foam block 14 can be inserted into the floral container cavity 11. Once the floral foam block is in place, a floral arrangement can be created above the floral container by inserting the stems of the flowers 13 into the foam block 14. As shown in FIG. 4, the floral arrangement can be distributed around the central axis of the floral container. Water can be introduced into the floral foam block 14 to keep the flowers fresh.
As shown in FIG. 1, a bracket 8 is integral to wall of the floral container 7. The keepsake top 3 can be attached to the bracket using an attachment mechanism 9, thereby supporting the keepsake top 3 on the side of the floral arrangement.
When the floral arrangement is no longer fresh, the floral arrangement may be discarded. The floral foam block 14 may be removed from the container cavity 11 and may either be kept and reused or discarded along with the floral arrangement. The floral container 1 and bracket 8 may also be reused or discarded.
As shown in FIG. 2, the keepsake container 5 consisting of the keepsake top 3 and keepsake bottom 2 remains as an independent decorative and useful unit that can be used to hold various items such as jewelry. The bottom portion of the keepsake container 2 has a bottom portion 22 and side wall 23. This keepsake bottom 2 and top 3 may be made of transparent material such as crystal or glass or other material such as ceramic, wood or plastic. The keepsake side wall 23 is joined with the keepsake bottom 22 to create a cavity 24 above the bottom of the keepsake bottom 22. The floral container 1 can be secured within this cavity 24. When the floral arrangement is discarded, the keepsake top 3 is positioned onto the keepsake bottom 2, forming a covered container.
There are various alternative designs and shapes for the keepsake container 5. For example, the keepsake container 5 may be in the shape of interlocking hearts as illustrated in FIG. 6. The top 3 and bottom 2 of the keepsake container, in the shape of interlocking hearts, may be made of such transparent material as crystal or glass or other materials such as ceramic, wood or plastic. The bottom of the keepsake container 2 can have the same basic shape as the keepsake top 3, such that when the top and bottom portions are attached, they mesh.
There are numerous other types of keepsake container shapes and designs that can be used. For example, the keepsake container can be circular or square.
There are various alternatives for the attachment mechanism 9. As shown in FIG. 5, in one embodiment, the attachment mechanism is a series of clips 19. One end of each clip 19 is secured onto the edges of the bracket 8, staggered around the outer edge of the bracket 8. The other end of each clip 19 extends outward from the bracket 8. The keepsake top 3 is positioned on the bracket 8 such that the clips secure the keepsake top 3 to the bracket 8 preventing the keepsake top from moving in any direction and preventing the keepsake top from detaching from the bracket 8. The keepsake top 3 can be easily removed from the bracket 8 when desired.
Finally, FIG. 7 illustrates an embodiment where the method of attaching the keepsake bottom 2 to the floral container 1 is a strap. A strap 30 is secured around the bottom of the keepsake bottom 2. The floral container 1 is positioned above the keepsake bottom 2. Each end of the strap 30 has flexible teeth or ridges 30. Located at opposite ends of the floral container 1 are two slots 32. To secure the floral container 1 above the keepsake bottom 2, each end of the strap 30 is inserted through a slot 32. The flexible teeth or ridges 33 of each strap end prevent the strap 30 from loosening.
The combined keepsake container and floral arrangement thus described has a number of significant advantages.
(a) The invention is simple, easy to assemble, and easy to disassemble when the floral arrangement is discarded.
(b) The invention is inexpensive to manufacture.
(c) Various types of keepsake containers can be attached to the side and the bottom of the floral arrangement and thereafter used when the floral arrangement is discarded. The present invention provides greater flexibility for florists since various keepsake container designs can be used with the various sized floral arrangements.
(d) The design allows the owner to keep a decorative, aesthetic and useful portion of the arrangement even after the floral arrangement is no longer fresh and must be discarded.
(e) The floral container is inexpensive, but sturdy and safe.
(f) The floral container and bracket may be disposable.
While the invention has been described in detail with reference to certain preferred embodiments, the principles involved are applicable to other applications as will be apparent to those skilled in the art. As illustrated above, various modifications can be effectuated within the spirit and scope of the invention. For example, the keepsake container designs can take various forms, including circles, squares or interlocking hearts. The keepsake container can be made of different materials such as ceramic, plastic, wood, poly resin, brass or metal.
The floral container can also be made in various shapes. In one embodiment shown, the base of the container is circular and the container walls form a cylinder to correspond to the base. In alternative embodiments, the base of the container can be other shapes, for example, square, and the container walls would correspondingly form a square shape.
In addition, the keepsake top can be secured directly to the wall of the floral container or can be secured to a bracket which is secured to the wall of the floral container.
Therefore, the scope of the invention should be determined by the following claims and their legal equivalents, rather than by the examples given.
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|U.S. Classification||206/423, 47/66.1, 47/41.12, 428/23, 428/19|
|Mar 10, 1995||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: ROLL INTERNATIONAL, INC., CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:HONKAWA, BRYAN K.;REEL/FRAME:007386/0657
Effective date: 19950306
|Jan 21, 1997||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: TELEFLORA LLC, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:ROLL INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION;REEL/FRAME:008328/0510
Effective date: 19961219
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